We’re sure you’ve wondered how you can become an Uber driver and earn a flexible income as your own boss?
That’s why we put together the most important information on how to become an Uber driver in London. The good news is if it looks like too much fuss, Splend is here to help! After all, we are experts in the rideshare space, having helped over 10,000 Uber drivers get started with our flexible Uber car rental plan and our fleet of Rent to buy cars.
Sign up with Uber in London
If you want to join Uber in London, here are the general steps you need to take:
- Download the Uber Driver app
- Upload required documents
- Complete an online Uber information session
- Book and participate in an in-person onboarding session at the Uber Greenlight Hub in London
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Uber driver requirements in London
- You need to be at least 21 years old
- Have at least 3 years of driving experience
- Have a valid UK driver’s licence (EU/foreign licences must be converted before onboarding)
- Have an approved smartphone or tablet. iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.3 or later or single-sim devices running Android 6.0 and up with a minimum of 2 GB of RAM, an 8-core processor and a screen size of at least 4.7”
- Have an eligible car
- Have a Private Hire Driver Licence (PCO licence)
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How to get your PCO licence in 6+1 steps
PCO stands for the Public Carriage Office, which is a department of Transport for London (TfL). A PCO licence is an essential document for rideshare drivers to get started with Uber and similar platforms such as Bolt, Ola, or FREE NOW. It’s basically a licence for you, as a driver. Its official name is Private […]
How do I get a PCO licence?
PCO stands for the Public Carriage Office, which is a department of Transport for London (TfL).
The PCO licence is an essential document that allows you to drive for Uber or other rideshare apps in London. It’s basically a licence for you, as a driver.
Its official name is Private Hire Driver Licence (PCO licence), but most people simply call it a PCO licence. Don’t let this confuse you.
Here are the general steps you need to follow:
1. Have the following documents ready
- UK driver’s licence (with at least 3 years of driving experience)
- National insurance number
- Proof of address (bank statement/utility bill dated within the last 3 months)
- Your debit or credit card to make the necessary payments
- TfL-approved English language qualification – B1 or higher level (more on this here)
- DVLA Check Code a.k.a. Electronic Counterpart Code (you can generate this here)
- Additional documents if you have changed your name or lived abroad over the last 3 years
2. Complete an enhanced DBS check
As part of your PCO application, you need to complete an enhanced background check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). A DBS check for private hire drivers is necessary because it determines that you are suitable to drive the public and it also helps your future passengers feel safer.
Complete an enhanced DBS check
3. Get a medical exam
Complete the Private Hire Medical form. Print the TPH/204 medical form and have it signed by your General Practitioner. If your GP does not offer the eye test, you’ll need to do it elsewhere.
4. Take the TfL English test
In order to be an Uber driver in London, TfL requires a good level of English language. If you already have language qualifications, you can submit them directly to TfL. If not, you need to take the TfL English test.
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5. Submit your PCO application online
To do this, register at https://tph.tfl.gov.uk/, sign in and follow the instructions.
6. Take the topographical test
Once you’ve submitted your Private Hire Driver licence application, you will be invited to take a topographical (map-reading) test with TfL.
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Uber car requirements in London
The general Uber car requirements are rather flexible and are not that difficult to meet:
- Model year 2008 or newer for London
- 4-door car or minivan
- Good condition with no cosmetic damage
- No commercial branding
- All vehicles must be licensed to carry a minimum of 4 passengers
Additionally, since 1 January 2018, Transport for London (TfL) requires that all private hire vehicles:
- (if licenced for the first time) Must have a Euro 6 petrol or diesel engine, or a Euro 4 petrol-hybrid engine. In real life, this means 2015 models or newer.
- Must have four independently opening doors
- Must have a valid Private Hire Vehicle Licence (PHV licence)
Since TfL is the one granting the PHV licence, it’s important to make sure you comply with both Uber and TfL requirements.
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How do I get a PHV licence?
The PHV licence is the same as the PCO licence, except it’s a licence for your car. It proves that your car meets ridesharing service standards and that it’s been approved by TfL.
TfL’s guide on how to obtain a PHV licence
1. Make sure you have the required documents ready and that they are valid
- Vehicle Registration Certificate a.k.a. logbook (V5c) or (AFRL) certificate
- Certificate of “hire & reward” insurance
- MoT certificate – issued within the last 14 days (not applicable to new cars in the first 12 months after registration)
- Your debit or credit card to make the necessary payments
Depending on the situation, you may need additional documents:
- Existing PHV vehicle licence (for licence renewal only)
- Any vehicle modification documents (if applicable)
- Voluntary Individual Vehicle Approval – VIVA (for personal imports and left-hand drive vehicles)
- Other relevant documentation relating to the vehicle (if applicable)
2. Apply online for a PHV licence
Once you have all documents ready, the next step is to apply for a PHV licence online.
Apply online for a PHV licence
4. Get a car inspection
The next step is to have your car inspected. You can either book an appointment at one of Tf’s licenced inspection centres or you can call the vehicle contact centre on 0343 222 5555.
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How can Splend help me become an Uber driver in London?
Splend is more than a car rental company. We provide you with a safe and reliable new-model car for rideshare, but that’s just part of the story. As a member, you get the full service from day 1, meaning that besides the car, we provide coaching and training to make sure you are successful. Here’s how we can make your job easier:
No paperwork for your car
Our fleet meets all the rideshare requirements, so there’s no paperwork you have to do for your car. Splend’s cars are brand new and provide the highest comfort and safety for you and your passengers. This also guarantees customer satisfaction and will earn you high driver ratings.
All Splend cars have a valid PHV licence, so once your personal documents are in order, you can just start driving and let us handle any paperwork.
The weekly rental fee includes comprehensive rideshare insurance. Besides being covered in case of an accident, this means less paperwork for you.
- All cars are inspected by licensed mechanics
- We cover the six-monthly MoT
- We schedule appointments and notify you in good time. You just have to take the car to the specified centre.
As a Splend Member, you receive a dedicated Member Success Representative (MSR) to support you to become successful on the roads. They provide you with business mentoring, offer tips & tricks support, and data-driven feedback.
24/7 roadside assistance
Whether your car broke down, ran out of fuel or had an accident, our team is available 24/7 to assist you with what you need to do.
Our members never have to worry about wear and tear or warranty issues. New tires, oil changes, brake pads – you name it, we cover it.
Additional member benefits
When you become a Splend member, you gain access to special deals and exclusive discounts:
- Access to the Splend Member app, which allows you to track earnings and expenses
- Enrolling in our Driver Success Program, which uses real-time data to provide feedback on improving your driving behaviour. This helps decrease fuel or charging costs, as well as the chance of being involved in an accident.
- Partner discounts – fuel discounts, COVID-19 partition screens, Self Assessment tax returns
- Access to exclusive member events
- Goodies packs
When you become a Splend member, you also get access to the Splend Member App, which allows you to track earnings and expenses. You will also be enrolled into our Driver Success Program which uses real-time data to provide feedback on improving your driving behaviour. This helps decrease fuel or charging costs, as well as the chance of being involved in an accident.
Splend member benefits – special deals and discounts
We’re not just here to give you a set of wheels. We’re riding shotgun to help you get your business on the road and be successful long-term. We partnered up with reputable service providers to bring you special deals and exclusive discounts, so you enjoy our support wherever you go. Partner discounts Fuel discounts via […]
We enable people to make money by driving. Our vision is a future where every on-demand driver can be successful.
We are Rent to buy specialists. Don’t take our word for it—drivers rate us excellent on Trustpilot. We can set you up with a brand-new or new-model car on a Rent to buy plan, plus we provide the training and support you need to become an Uber driver that’s more profitable, safer, and fulfilled.
Drop by our Member Support Centre at 393 Edgware Road Cricklewood, London, email us, or say hello on 0333 016 4331